Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A Guide to Kuriology for ebay, but ebay scrapped their guide program?

A Buyers Guide to Art of Kuriology on ebay, 
...but ebay scrapped their own guide program?


It had been on my 'to do' list for quite some time.   To write a guide for ebay on Kuriology Art sculptures.  I finally put aside some time after I noted a prompt from ebay.  Spent a couple of hours scribbling away with big crayons & went to upload the Kuriology guide onto ebay.

????? But, No can do?

A little further investigation (google) & discovered ebay have scrapped their own guide scheme initiative.  In the process ebay dumping 500,000 guides written by enthusiastic ebayers?

These guides as well as being informative, drove free traffic to ebay via google.  
So why scrap? 
Who knows?

But since Kuriology sculptures use recycled materials, here is the ebay Kuriology guide recycled onto the blog.



-: Art of KURIOLOGY :-

by The Kuriologist
‘Outsider - Folk Art’

For the different, unusual, individual & unique




What is KURIOLOGY?

Made from found, recycled, re-purposed, re-used items & materials crafted into objects of primarily environmentally responsible or social commentary Art. These creations have to fit into the artists spectrum interpretation of Wunderkammer ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ objects & artefacts.   The artist work often reflecting a personal eclectic interest in Antiques, Natural History, Taxidermy, Folklore, Occult & Witchcraft, Paleontology, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Classical Greek/Roman mythology & Art.  All such subjects fitting into the artists broad umbrella perception of ‘Cabinet of curiosities’ and reflected in diversity of Kuriology collectible décor creations.



Who is the Kuriologist? A cognitively disabled self-taught ‘Outsider’ artist.  Following a prolonged period of years of authority (& others) instigated physical assaults & physiological intimidation & hate crimes against him, the artist suffered severe catastrophic trauma.  During later clinical & forensic medical diagnosis the artist’s condition was likened to that of ‘a person repeatedly exposed to life threatening situations’ (ie: living in a war zone).  Cognitively impaired with PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) severe anxiety, physically painful panic attacks & form of (authoritarian) people related agoraphobia. The artist became housebound for more than a decade. During this time, he taught himself to sculpt from whatever materials available to hand & created 100’s & 100’s of sculptures which very few people ever got to see.

Kuriology Art Sculptures


How are Kuriology pieces made?

Using a range of diverse materials to construct form & body, & often incorporating elements of both traditional & contemporary Papier-mâché & decoupage techniques – the artist’s ‘vegetarian taxidermy ‘-pieces using no animal parts (Other than shellac polish). Kuriology assemblage sculptural pieces made up of multiple pieces & objects on social, political & other topics, broadly referred to by the artist as – ‘reliquary cabinets of collective curiosity’. A back ground as a former antique furniture restorer, Kuriology art pieces often stained, French polished & by incorporating antique or old objects, have an overall antique or vintage feel & look about a completed piece.


Vegetarian Taxidermy Octopus in progress


Where Kuriology has been exhibited?

The Kuriologist lives in relative reclusion in an isolated rural area, seldom travels & feels disconnected, even excluded from conventional art & disability organisations.  His work deemed by some as - to craft like for Art galleries & too Art-y for craft fairs.   Although several galleries in Cornwall, UK, have taken & sold Kuriology Art, it is museums & antique shop environments in which Kuriology Art seems most in place.

In June 2017 Kuriology held a summer exhibition at Helston Museum.  Over x250 (tip of iceberg) Kuriology sculptures exhibited.  Attracting double usual number of Museum visitors.  Also, digital exhibition of Kuriology art as part of ‘Alternative’ touring exhibition at Bristol Museum, Poole Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery & Cheltenham Gallery.  

Kuriology Exhibition Helston Museum 2017


Types of Kuriology

1.       ‘Vegetarian Taxidermy’ – Natural History Animal figures using no actual animal parts
2.       ‘Reliquary Cabinets of Collective Curiosity’ – Assemblage constructions
3.       ‘Steampunk Inspired’ – But seldom a gear or cog insight…
4.       ‘Science Fantasy’ – Science fiction, alien & fantasy creations
5.       ‘Figurative Nudes’ – Primarily male sculptures often Greek/Roman mythology figure based
6.       ‘Occult, Witchcraft & Folklore’ – Inspired by traditional & antique artefacts
7.       ‘Carnival of the Dead Figures’ – Memento Mori meets Day of The Dead, whilst passing through the vaults of Victorian Dark Gothic


Kuriology Reliquary of Collective Curiosity


Why buy Kuriology sculptures?

1.       Environmental Credibility:  Primarily uses recycled & re-purposed materials & resources.
2.       Individually Unique: OOAK (One of a kind) Every Kuriology sculpture is individual. Some may be similar, but none are the same.  No production line plastic resin moulds used here!
3.       Collectible Curiosities: Sales indicate already a small ‘hard-core’ number of early-bird Kuriology collectors.
4.       Affordability:  Hundreds of Kuriology sculptures were created in ten-years of being housebound.  Needing to downsize to create needed valuable space Kuriology sculptures are offered at auction at sensible & affordable start prices.  Start prices which barely reflect minimum wage hours entailed in the creation

When should you buy Kuriology sculptures?
Well right now seems as good a time as any?
Because when they are sold they are gone!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Indigenous Cornish Dragons or an Environmental Disaster Biological Freak


Since the late 1980's there have allegedly been increased sightings of strange previously unknown species of creature in Cornwall in the UK

The
‘Nancekuke Slithering’

Kuriology Artist Sculpture of  'The Cornish Slithering'
Small Dragon like indigenous species to Cornwall,
but mammalian not reptile. 
Unique Cornish bat species of dragon-like underground adaptation or mutation in Nancekuke toxic environmental dumping in former mining area


‘Nancekuke Slithering’ - So named due to its movement when escaping when chanced upon & after its initial 1st sighting location.  A cryptozoology Troglophile semi-aquatic & flying/gliding species. A small, but voracious predatory mammal (cannibalistic in nature). Said to be exclusive in habitat found only in/around underground abandoned mine workings & cave environments of the former Cornish Tin mining industry -primarily Camborne/Redruth & surrounding geographical mining locality of Cornwall, UK.

Mammalian: Length up to 1 metre. Completely hairless, with thick leathery skin. Head is mustelid like, with efficient canine teeth & flesh slicing incisors & premolars. Outstanding & unique biological feature are an unprecedented third pair limbs of small leathery wings. Speculated to be an opportunist ‘glide & strike’ aerial cave/cavern hunter. Theoretically derived from a sub-order of Chiroptera (Bats), although completely unlike any other hitherto known species of bat.  

To date; no live specimen recorded as having been retained in captivity. Appears to be utterly intolerant to both daylight & artificial light which seem to cause 'extreme' discomfort to its eyes. Has poor conventional eye sight, but may be able to detect prey by thermal, electrical and/or chemical marker indicator means.
   
Extremely aggressive when encountered/cornered. Spits, or sprays regurgitated highly caustic gastric stomach acid which can cause severe burns, & pain to exposed skin & almost instant blindness if caught in the eyes of a victim. A small, rodent/rat like body torso (although not of a rodent species). It has an elastic like gut which can expand massively. This expanding stomach enables the creature to consume (comparative to its own body size) vast amounts of prey food in one feeding.  A long slender snake like neck, with an expanding gullet & stomach, quite unlike any other species of mammal & more akin to that found in species of deep sea fish.

Three toed claw feet on back & front legs, occasionally webbed.  A long seemingly prehensile tail which can grasp & hold objects.  The creature can also use its tail as a whip like weapon. Also, the tail  used to restrict, crush, & suffocate prey much like a constrictor snake. Tail may occasionally have a small paddle-like tip to the end, thought to be an aid for swimming/aquatic hunting.

A Nancekuke Slithering. Cornwall

Male & female Slithering's are believed to be approx. of equal size. Mature males reputedly have up to five (more commonly three) horny appendage spikes down its back along the spine.  Horn like head appendages thought to sometimes occur in both male & female mature specimens. 

It is believed they give birth to live young, which are completely independent hunters from birth. The 1st born may even predate upon any other subsequent new born siblings for their first meal. In time of food shortage a fertile mother may also predate upon her own new born young. 
         
A voracious hunter predator, preferring live food but adaptable & will scavenge on any available meat carrion. Giving rise to theory these creatures ‘may’ be the original ‘Cornish knockers’, fabled underground creatures in Cornish mining folklore.  From as early as the C17th, Cornish miners would sometimes hear ‘knockers’ underground.  This was believed to be a forewarning of a mine collapse/flood & Cornish miners would leave food scraps for the creatures for luck, to appease & thank the knockers. Also, the ‘Slithering’ maybe responsible for sudden inexplicable occasional utter decimation of entire underground rat populations in mine workings.

Prey:- 'They are what they eat' - has been said of them due to their diverse species environmental physical adaptations, being able to hunt by air, in water & by land - but only in the dark, sun-less environment.  Believed to primarily prey upon insects, fish, crustaceans, small rodents (shrews, mice, voles, rats, rabbits), birds, bats – Will predate upon virtually anything it can tackle & can take prey up to & in extreme cases, in excess of x10 times its own weight/size.  Also, cannibalistic, feeding upon its own species believed common place.  

A spate of domestic cat disappearances & unexplained dog injuries & blind-ings since 2000 are attributed by ‘some’ & coincide with - increased sightings of ‘Slithering’ creatures in the same catchment urban human population settlement areas in Cornwall.  This may indicate a possible expanding of subterranean ‘Slithering’ habitat territory from original ground zero sighting location & an increased diversity & expanding range of their selected prey food species.

‘Slithering’ as a separate species, first may have allegedly been reported sighted 1989 by local night sea anglers at Portreath, Cornwall. An accidental chanced upon night sighting by torch light on cliffs.  This occurred near & very shortly after closure & subsequent demolition of the Ministry of Defence Chemical (& Biological?) warfare research facilities at Nancekuke.

Nancekuke was a chemical (biological?) research facility, Portreath, Cornwall from the early 1950s. Chemical weapons, including Sarin & VX gas are known to have been manufactured there.

 The demolition & toxic material from the former research premises is recorded (Hansard: House of Commons Debate 18 Jan 2000 vol 342 cc818-26) to have been unceremoniously disposed of, reputedly buried (dumped) down abandoned nearby old mine-shafts.  The area riddled with centuries of  interconnected mine workings, many completely uncharted.  A factor not disclosed, despite widespread local public knowledge, when the MOD Nancekuke chemical warfare research facility was proposed, then sited post WWII in the cold war political environment of the 1950's. Increased environmental concerns necessitated clearing of previously dumped Nancekuke toxic waste & began in 2003. Although questions do remain.

NB: It is interesting to note former Cornwall Kerrier local council undertook a massive & hugely expensive program of capping hundreds of open mine shafts in their authority, which included the Portreath, Nancekuke area.  This was despite considerable environmentalists concern expressed regarding negative impact upon vulnerable & endangered protected species of native bat colonies which roost in open abandoned mine shafts.  Some shafts were fitted with bat friendly access grills, - but not all of them?

The disturbance by initial dumping of Nancekuke  demolition material followed by re excavation of said dump sites may have caused exposure/disturbance of hither too completely unknown/unrecognized indigenous or adapted native species.  Or as is more broadly speculated, chemical/biological contamination may have contributed to a gross & rapid traumatic evolutionary mutation transition of an already existing species. - The Slithering. Alternatively a combination of both factors.

Cornish Slithering - A Cryptozoic Species 
  
An ever-expanding population growth of ‘Slithering’ is hypothesized & suspected.  Although sighting encounters with humans are exceptionally rare, however since 2005 sightings & interactions have markedly increased. Sightings/chance encounters occurring primarily in Camborne/Redruth areas, but as far away as St. Day in Cornwall.  

All sightings are notably in former mining areas, spanning huge geographical areas of centuries of former underground workings.  All these former working mines now abandoned, consisting of miles & miles of tunnels & passageways, many uncharted & not surveyed.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Weird Goth Horror & Aliens

 Selling on ebay.co.uk





...and you can find kuriology sculptures here.

Friday, 26 January 2018

To snipe or not to snipe, that is the online auction.

To Snipe or not to Snipe, 
that is the online auction.

Kuriology sculptures at auction on ebay.co.uk

To Snipe or not to Snipe, that is the online auction. whether tis noble to bid manually than use tech software.

Like many people back in the early 2000's, I fell in love with the ebay auctions.  

The fun of bidding on an item which you may otherwise not find on the high street.  The possibilities (frequent back then) of picking up it up as a real bargain.  That was as a buyer.

One man (or women's) junk was another's treasure

As a seller, always the chance that your item would fetch far more than the value you yourself placed upon it.

However, I could not understand how sometimes I was pipped at the post in the bidding at the very last seconds. It was a few years before I was tipped off to 'sniping'.  

Kuriology Steampunk Nautilus Submarineon ebay auction with 99p start price


Wikipedia tells us that auction sniping is:- 

  • Auction sniping is the practice, in a timed online auction, of placing a bid likely to exceed the current highest bid (which may be hidden) as late as possible—usually seconds before the end of the auction—giving other bidders no time to outbid the sniper. This can be done manually, by software on the bidder's computer,[1] or by an online sniping service.[2][3] Use of an online service is said to decrease the failure rate of the snipe, because the website has more reliable servers and a faster Internet connection with a less variable delay in sending data (jitter), allowing the bid to be placed closer to the deadline, even arriving within the last second.
Yes, I admit to having my own free snipe account.  This 'free' account enables me to bid on up to x5 different items a week using snipe technology free.  I tend to only use snipe on items which tend to have a higher value or I 'really' want to stand a good/better chance of winning, but do not want to run bidding up early on in an online auction.

Also, using snipe tends to reduce risk of falling victim to 'shilling' bids.  These are bids placed by the owner of the object for sale or placed by an associate of theirs to artificially inflate the bid value of an object. 

Kuriology Sculpture on ebay.co.uk
 

Wikipedia tells us auction shilling bids are:-

  •   Shilling bids Sniping closes a loophole to fraudulent practice by a shill (an agent for the seller, which may be another account of the seller) to raise the bid to the maximum. They then hope the original bidder will increase their maximum bid even by a small amount to win the auction. The danger to the seller in this case is that the original bidder may not choose to increase their bid, leaving the seller with a futile transaction (selling the item to themselves) which will often still incur a fee from the auction service. Bidding at the last moment prevents a shill bidder from pushing the auction higher, as they have no time to make the incremental bids required.
Many a person I have spoken with have not clearly understood 'how' auctions work & know nothing of shilling bids or sniping.  Often bemoaning how they had been winning an absolute bargain item all week at auction to suddenly loose it in the last few seconds to a higher bid.  

The bottom line is he/she who is willing to bid most at auction - wins.

...but in my experience sniping can sometimes help you win!

PS. There is also BIN sniping (BIN = Buy it Now), but that's another kettle of fish altogether & not related truly to last-sec online auction sniping.